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Sorry to sound so helpless, but I am new to linux still (2 days) and I am always running into problems installing downloaded files. I want to replace MOzilla 1.4 with Mozilla Firefox after I download it, get the shortcut onto the desktop and maybe in the menu. I am running Mandrake 9.2 with KDE
all you have to do is untar the tarball and the executable is in the root of the directory ...
so basically there is really no installation, as all you have to do is untar the package and run firefox ..
right click the desktop and select from the shortcut menu to "make a shortcut" i forget the exact term but it may say something like link to application or something similiar ..
fire up the menu editor to add it to the menu .... i think its in the utilities menu, or settings..
i don't use KDE, so i am guessing at the actual names of things, but just reading what i type will point you in the right direction ...
So, I assume you already have the firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz file?
- Log in as Root
- Open the console
- CD to the directory where you DLed the file
- type: tar -xvzf firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz
- type: cd firefox
- type: ./firefox
*Making a shortcut on the KDE desktop*
- Right click on the desktop
- Create New -> Link to Location
- Find the directory where you installed firefox and look for a file called "firefox" (no extension)
- Click OK
Here's what I do:
tar -zxf firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz -C /usr/local/lib/
then if I really want to, I do:
cp /usr/bin/mozilla /usr/bin/mozilla.bu
*edit /usr/bin/mozilla to point to firefox instead of mozilla*
that solves problems for me when I open the XFCE4 manual, and instead of using Mozilla, it uses Firefox. Then if I ever need to, I can rename my /usr/bin/mozilla to /usr/bin/firefox and overwrite the /usr/bin/mozilla with /usr/bin/mozilla.bu